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2 mashed sage leaves
2 oz. Christiana vodka
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. blood orange puree
¾ oz. egg whites (for their foaming properties)
Splash of white wine
Lemon juice for the rim of the glass
Garnished with a sage leaf
Brian’s take: The “D’ici,” which is easily mispronounced (think the name of the city you’re in), is a delicious drink that takes itself a bit too seriously.Lots of liquor makes this tasty little number a veritable knockout, while the various and sundry juices hide any trace of alcohol.There are hints of mint and berry in the D’ici, haunted by a consistent overtone of, as we say in the French, “Jolly Rancher.”On the whole, the D’ici tastes more like juice box than a martini, but for lots of drinkers that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.(Plus, the olives at Le Bar are delightful.)
On a scale of 1-5 olive branches: 2
Ted’s take: The frothiness of this beverage is its saving grace. Too many drinks appeal to the sweet of tooth without offering much substance behind the sugar. A well-shaken pair of egg whites is enough to make nearly any drink noteworthy, though in this case the contrast between fruit-loopiness and near-peroxidontal ebullition constitutes something of a ‘find’ anywhere outside a dentist’s office. On the whole, it was a decent bet, though when a man takes 20 minutes to make you a drink you’ve got to wonder what sort of special ingredients are contained therein.
On a scale of 1-5 olive branches: 3